Tag Archives: sustainable

For the Love of Mango Wood

Mango wood is a natural material that forms a significant part of the collections we produce, from table top items to pieces of furniture. We wanted to share with you some of the reasons why we have such a love for this age old wood. This beautiful material has many distinctive properties and characteristics; it has a unique colouring and can [...]

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The First Chapter

Our very first Nkuku product was a recycled cotton notebook handmade in Rajasthan. We spent five weeks working closely with the artisans to produce a collection of stationary that we hoped would sell well in the UK. The entire process was as fascinating to us then as it is today. Each piece of paper is [...]

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Celebrating Fair Trade Fortnight

Fair Trade Fortnight (23 February – 8th March) provides a great opportunity to raise the profile of fair trade producers. Nkuku supports a number of fair trade projects.  Our Mali pottery collection is handmade in southern India as part of a fair trade scheme. The scheme was established to provide training and secure employment for men and [...]

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Brighten up your home as the nights draw in

It’s finally happened the clocks have gone back and autumn is officially upon us but don’t be disheartened by the longer evenings. We’ve got some great lighting suggestions to brighten up your home. Having the right indoor lighting can turn a house into a home. Table lamps are perfect for providing different levels of light. [...]

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INDIA – BEHIND THE SCENES

My colleague Sarah and I were fortunate enough to join the Nkuku India Trip for the conference held in Delhi. As this was our first trip to India we wanted to share some of our experiences.  After a sleepless flight to Delhi we were collected by a very smartly dressed hotel driver who informed us [...]

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FATHER’S DAY GIFT LIST

We have America to thank for Father’s Day and quite right too that all you Dad’s out there should receive some appreciation! If you’re tired of socks & underwear on Father’s day we have put together  a short list of stylish alternatives from the sports mad Dad  to the wine connoisseur!  The rattan oval basket (shown above) [...]

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FAIR TRADE TEA PARTY AT NKUKU HQ

We are celebrating Fair Trade Fortnight over the next two weeks and as part of the celebrations we seem to have fallen into the tradition of holding a fair trade tea party at the office!  Everyone invites their family and children and we all rustle up something using only fair trade ingredients.   It is a very relaxed event and a great [...]

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BEHIND THE SCENES AT TOP DRAWER

The new season is very much upon us and we have just returned from Top Drawer & Home in London. This exhibition is a trade only event and provides a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase our new pieces.  We effectively build a shop in 3 days and try to create an exciting display that really [...]

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CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS & THE STORIES BEHIND THEM

We have a wonderful selection of gift ideas perfect for Christmas.   At Nkuku we are passionate about fair trade and traditional skills. We love knowing the whole story from artisan to the end customer.  We’ve put together some of our favourite fair trade Christmas gift ideas, starting with the Savannah shopper -  the  ’must have’ accessory this [...]

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A TRAVEL BLOG

  We make regular trips to India visiting suppliers, working on new designs and ensuring everything is as it should be. Our Operations Director Chris, recently returned from one such trip and here he shares his experiences. Setting off at 4:30am from a Delhi hotel in the dark is like leaving any hotel in any city [...]

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  • Nkuku specialise in eco friendly, fairly traded homeware and gifts. Our products are inspired by the traditional skills of artisans throughout Africa and India. We combine contemporary design with age old traditions, natural materials and sustainable methods of production. We passionately support fair trade and consider the environment in everything we do.